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Books I Reread in 2020: Blogmas Day 12

Hello readers! I can’t believe Blogmas and 2020 are almost over. This year felt like the longest of my life, yet it went by really quickly. Today I am going over the books I reread in 2020. I am not big on rereading books. However, I do reread a few every year. Please comment down below and let me know your favorite book you reread in 2020!

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A Separate Peace by John Knowles

I think this is the third read for this book. It is a historical fiction that was required reading when I was in school. This book is about a kid named Gene who lives at a boarding school during WWII. He has this roomate named Phineas who is good at everything and liked by everyone, and he is not. It really is about jealousy and how that affects a person.

Synopsis: Set at a boys boarding school in New England during the early years of World War II, A Separate Peace is a harrowing and luminous parable of the dark side of adolescence. Gene is a lonely, introverted intellectual. Phineas is a handsome, taunting, daredevil athlete. What happens between the two friends one summer, like the war itself, banishes the innocence of these boys and their world.

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

This is another book I was required to read in school. I hated this book when I was in school and I wasn’t sure why that was. I reread it this year and I liked it okay. It isn’t as bad as I thought it was, but I didn’t love it, either.

Synopsis: The unforgettable novel of a childhood in a sleepy Southern town and the crisis of conscience that rocked it, To Kill A Mockingbird became both an instant bestseller and a critical success when it was first published in 1960. It went on to win the Pulitzer Prize in 1961 and was later made into an Academy Award-winning film, also a classic.

Compassionate, dramatic, and deeply moving, To Kill A Mockingbird takes readers to the roots of human behavior – to innocence and experience, kindness and cruelty, love and hatred, humor and pathos. Now with over 18 million copies in print and translated into ten languages, this regional story by a young Alabama woman claims universal appeal. Harper Lee always considered her book to be a simple love story. Today it is regarded as a masterpiece of American literature.

Betrayed by P.C. Cast

P.C. Cast is one of my all-time favorite authors. I started reading this series as a young teen, and read all 12 books as they were being published after. I can say now, this series is a bit problematic. This series is eerily similar to Vampire Academy, but I read this first. I think they were published around the same time. I will say, the MC is Native American and the author is not. Through this series, there is a teacher-student relationship. There is the use of the word retard. There is some other problematic language including fat-phobic language. However, this was my favorite series for a long time, and it will always have special place in my heart. I love this author, but these books are a subject of their time.

Synopsis (of book 1): Zoey, High Priestess in training, has managed to settle in at the House of Night and come to terms with the vast powers the Vampyre Goddess Nyx has given her. Just as she finally feels she belongs, the unthinkable happens: human teenagers are being killed, and all evidence points to the House of Night. While danger stalks the humans from Zoey’s old life, she begins to realize that the very powers that make her so unique might also threaten those she loves.

Unravel Me + Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi

I think I have said this before, but I’ll say it again. I read this series when it was a trilogy, then she added 3 more books. I started rereading the first 3 books in 2019, and now I need to finish this series in 2021. I remember not liking Shatter Me the first time, kind of liking Unravel Me, and loving Ignite Me. I don’t have any big issued with this series. I just needed to be refreshed for the second trilogy that has been added.

Synopsis (book 1):Juliette hasn’t touched anyone in exactly 264 days.

The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal. As long as she doesn’t hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don’t fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color.

The Reestablishment said their way was the only way to fix things, so they threw Juliette in a cell. Now so many people are dead that the survivors are whispering war—and The Reestablishment has changed its mind. Maybe Juliette is more than a tortured soul stuffed into a poisonous body. Maybe she’s exactly what they need right now.

Juliette has to make a choice: Be a weapon. Or be a warrior.

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

I also read this book the first time because of school. I read this book in a world literature class in high school. I took a world literature class in high school and college. I reread it because of the Passed It Classics book club. They started earlier this year with all three of the Bronte sisters. I hated this book in high school. I hated all the characters and the whole story. However, I tried it again, and I regret it so much. I didn’t even readalong with the next two months where they read the other Bronte sisters, because I don’t think they are for me.

Synopsis: Lockwood, the new tenant of Thrushcross Grange, situated on the bleak Yorkshire moors, is forced to seek shelter one night at Wuthering Heights, the home of his landlord. There he discovers the history of the tempestuous events that took place years before; of the intense relationship between the gypsy foundling Heathcliff and Catherine Earnshaw; and how Catherine, forced to choose between passionate, tortured Heathcliff and gentle, well-bred Edgar Linton, surrendered to the expectations of her class. As Heathcliff’s bitterness and vengeance at his betrayal is visited upon the next generation, their innocent heirs must struggle to escape the legacy of the past.

Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

When I read this the first time, in early 2018, I wrote in my Goodreads review this was my favorite Green book. In 2020, I couldn’t remember what the book was about, or why I liked it. So, I gave it another shot. I ended up DNFing this book. I didn’t like the characters, especially the best friend who always pressures the MC to do things. I didn’t understand why these random kids were trying to find a missing person. I don’t have OCD, but the stuff with the MCs cut on her finger was giving me chills. To me, it was sort of body horror, and it was kind of triggering for me. I kept having to skip around so I didn’t read it, but it didn’t work. I am from Indiana, like John Green, and I hated all the references to Indiana. IDK if any other Hoosiers feel this way, but I feel like it was too much.

Synopsis: It all begins with a fugitive billionaire and the promise of a cash reward. Turtles All the Way Down is about lifelong friendship, the intimacy of an unexpected reunion, Star Wars fan fiction, and tuatara. But at its heart is Aza Holmes, a young woman navigating daily existence within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts.

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